A butterfly is seen as the personification of a person's soul.
However, large numbers of butterflies are viewed as bad omens.
The Russian word for "butterfly", бабочка (bábochka), also means "bow tie". It is a diminutive of "baba" or "babka" (= woman, grandmother, cake, whence also "babushka" = "grandmother").
The Ancient Greek word for "butterfly" is ψύχη, which primarily means "soul", "mind".
In some old cultures, butterflies also symbolize rebirth into a new life after being inside a cocoon for a period of time.
Some people say that when a butterfly lands on you it means good luck.
BUTTERFLY by ratulangi white butterfly by mightyflup :thum